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Wide Angle Lunch: Marcus Amaker

Wide Angle Lunches- Season XII: Making Community

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Individual Tickets: $20 members, $25 nonmembers

Season Pass: $75 members, $95 nonmembers (To purchase Season Pass, call 843-723-9912)

 Editor’s Note-- What is a community without creativity? The arts are thriving in Charleston, but it would be folly to assume that they will continue to flourish in these uncertain political times. Too often, whether in word or deed, the arts are relegated to the fringe of what is considered essential to healthy human communities. Many of us feel in some visceral way that this is backwards, but how many of us can articulate exactly how, or why?

In Season XII of Wide Angle Lunches, you will hear from five speakers, each a champion of creativity and community, whose lives and work are distinctly dedicated to the making of community through creativity. Whether through music or architecture, poetry or “artivism”, they are tackling society’s ills in profoundly inspirational ways. We invite you to join us for one or all lunches, and promise that you will leave both sated and hungry: armed with examples and a deepened understanding of how the arts are integral to the health and sustainability of peaceful and prosperous communities, and eager to go out into your community and make it stronger through your own creativity. ~Ceara Donnelley

Marcus Amaker

Poetry and Passion

To buy tickets please call 843-723-9912 or click here.

 Charleston’s first Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker is as close as it comes to 21st century Renaissance man: on a given day, he may write a poem, compose a piece of music, design a logo or a website, write a book, or create an app. He is equally adept at all of these pursuits, and within five minutes of talking to him, one gets the sense that he has achieved the elusive feat of living a cohesive life, rich in complexity and diversity of endeavors and yet unified by a common purpose — which is to live a creative life that makes the world better. In his Wide Angle debut, Amaker will explore his vision for Charleston’s first Poetry Festival, and explore how poetry has the power to transform people and the communities they create together.

Amaker’s poetry has been featured on TEDx, the PBS Newshour, A&E, the Huffington Post, several journals and poetry collections. His latest book, Mantra, is also an app for iPhone and Android devices. He’s also a well-known graphic/web designer and videographer, producing award-winning work for many nonprofits and organizations. He’s also the lead graphic designer for a national music magazine. This year, he was named one of Charleston’s 50 Most Influential people by Charleston Business Magazine. Marcus has released more than twenty albums of music since 1986.

*Photo provided by Reese Moore

Lunches will be provided by Ladles, A Charleston Soup Company

Lunches will be provided by Ladles, A Charleston Soup Company